Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has invited soldier-turned-actor J.R. Martinez, winner of this season's "Dancing with the Stars," to meet him at the Pentagon.
During a 10-minute phone call Friday, Panetta told Martinez he demonstrated the strength and resilience of wounded veterans, Pentagon spokesman Capt. John Kirby said.
Martinez, 28, was severely burned over more than 40 percent of his body in 2003 when the Humvee he was driving for the Army in Iraq struck a land mine. After dozens of operations during a nearly three-year recovery, Martinez became a motivational speaker and in 2008 won a role on the now-retired ABC soap opera "All My Children."
Reggae's Llewellyn dies in Jamaica at 64
One of the founders of a leading Jamaican reggae and rocksteady trio from the 1960s has died.
A bandmate says Barry Llewellyn of the Heptones died Wednesday at age 64. Lead singer Leroy Sibbles said Friday that Llewellyn died of unknown causes at Kingston Public Hospital.
Llewellyn founded the Heptones with Earl Morgan in the late 1950s. The group was considered highly influential during the island's rocksteady era in the 1960s.
Hudson: Trip to see fiance 'saved my life'
Though Jennifer Hudson has long refrained from talking in detail about the 2008 murders of her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew, the Oscar winner finally revealed the simple twist of fate that literally saved her life.
Hudson says her fiance, pro wrestler David Otunga, suggested she visit him in Florida the weekend of the killings.
"That's one of the things that saved my life, because I could have been home with my mom then," Hudson told Ebony magazine. Otunga "wanted me to come out to Florida with him instead of going to Chicago."
While Hudson was in Florida, her 57-year-old mother, Darnell Donerson, and brother Jason Hudson were gunned down. Nephew Julian King, reported missing in the wake of the shootings, was found dead the following Monday in the back of an SUV. Jennifer Hudson immediately went into hiding.